I would like to request a pie chart to see how a user got his or her reputation. This could be placed on the profile page. Sections could contains percentages like:

14 Questions - 200 points - 28.41%
20 Answers   - 400 points - 56.82%
 2 Edits     -   4 points -  0.57%
 1 Bonus     - 100 points - 14.20%


Image: artist rendering of a pie. It does not have to look this way. It might even be a chart per tag or even per topic .

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    Can you elaborate on what the pie chart would show? What would its sections be about?
    – Pekka
    Oct 24, 2012 at 13:27
  • @Pekka There are only so many ways to get rep - up vote on question, up vote on answer, having an answer accepted, accepting an answer, submitting an edit for review, and I think I'm missing one or two. Oct 24, 2012 at 13:29
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    I imagine: take data displayed on meta.stackoverflow.com/users/id?tab=reputation ; group by event type; sum within groups; make pie. Not sure how events bestowing negative rep would work though. No one wants a negative pie slice.
    – AakashM
    Oct 24, 2012 at 13:29
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    I guess the negative rep would be humble pie
    – Ben Brocka
    Oct 24, 2012 at 13:31
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    @AakashM it should show reputation, negative points make your rep lower... but it does not have to be something that is visible in the chart. Oct 24, 2012 at 13:31
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    A clearer outline of whether a user's rep comes from mainly questions or answers wouldn't be such a dumb thing IMO. It doesn't have to be a pie chart, but showing the basic info might make sense. Unless I'm mistaken, that information is not readily available at the moment
    – Pekka
    Oct 24, 2012 at 13:34
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    That would be helpful. Maybe a chart by tag and a rep by rep increase type Oct 24, 2012 at 13:34
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    You could choose to omit negative rep changes, or view the absolute value of the negative reputation changes (that are not the results of reversing a positive reputation change, say, from the deletion of a question). This is commonly done in pie charts for say, exposure of a position in finance, where the positive and negative isn't as important as the amount. I'd opt for that here, as I want to see the impact of all events on reputation, I don't need the aggregate number. That's the point of a visualization like this.
    – casperOne
    Oct 24, 2012 at 13:55
  • wonder how offered bounties would be reflected in such a chart... would these?
    – gnat
    Oct 24, 2012 at 14:06
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    @gnat would be great to see how any point is scored (also the bonus en edit-reps). Problem might be with offering reputation... because you have actually scored something but you gave it away (from total score). Oct 24, 2012 at 14:09
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    If we really have to do it, I'd suggest not using a tilted semi-transparent colored 3D pie chart. The main reason is that... the areas are not faithfully represented. You can't even properly see the 0.57% part. Why not a good ol' plain one? Or another graph? Or a simple text table with percentages?
    – Alenanno
    Oct 25, 2012 at 11:18
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    @KeesC.Bakker Ah it's just an example? I thought you were proposing something like that. I think that will influence how others see the question by the way. :)
    – Alenanno
    Oct 25, 2012 at 11:24
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    See also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40141/…
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 25, 2012 at 15:54
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    @Alenanno, I've added a disclaimer on the image ;-) Oct 26, 2012 at 7:20
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    I was just thinking: how many upvotes does a question need to have to be implemented? Oct 28, 2012 at 21:05

3 Answers 3


I created a short script that gets a given user's public reputation changes and sum them by type. I published it as a gist.

It outputs the result as a tab-separated list that you can put into spreadsheet-creator-of-your-choosing and create the pie (or any other) chart.

The script uses the /users/{ids}/reputation-history Stack Exchange API endpoint.


Although this may not be terribly useful to implement in Stack Exchange, it would make a great Stack App. Get busy!

  • Can those apps be integrated on / plugged in the SO site? Oct 25, 2012 at 10:12
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    @KeesC.Bakker Not AFAIK, but if you create an app, and there is lots of interest, it increases the chance of SE directly implementing it. Oct 25, 2012 at 12:47
  • While that may be true, it would be difficult to implement without knowing each rep-type quantity out of the whole. I don't know the Stack Exchange API, but does it offer that kind of functionality? Oct 26, 2012 at 8:43
  • @MadaraUchiha, good question... AFAIN you can get a list of all the points, but the trick is to categorize them. Nov 13, 2012 at 7:48

I don't know. There is a lot of potential for misuse of such a system. There are quite a few people who consider those who have more questions than they do answers to be a drain on the site. Some consider people who got a lot of rep from editing to not have truly earned it.

The last thing we want is to make it easier for people to denigrate others in this way. We should not care how someone got their rep; they got it. It's theirs. If certain avenues of reputation are "worse" than others, then the correct solution is to either reduce or remove the rep gained from them. Otherwise, you shouldn't care. And if you do, that's something that should be fixed.

Rep should be source-neutral.

And we don't want to have another "accept rating" stat (a stat so abused, it's an informal rule that you can't even talk about it in comments). We want stats that foster competition and achievement, not division.

Plus, profile pages have enough stuff on them; they don't really need another stat.

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    Much like other people don't see your entire profile, complete with your flag reports, and downvotes, you could make that feature available to the user only. Oct 26, 2012 at 8:44
  • You could use anything for evil... but I think it might be a nice way to show some extra stats. Oct 26, 2012 at 13:05
  • There are quite a few people who consider those who have more questions than they do answers to be a drain on the site. Actually, you already know that, just by looking at my profile, this would just summarize all of the information. And if someone starts denigrating other users for that, just let a moderator know about it.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 27, 2012 at 16:26
  • Well, a good question is - IMO - just as valuable as a good answer. Oct 28, 2012 at 8:19
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    -1 because although this is a very well-written answer, it doesn't make much sense to me due to what Madara said. This doesn't need to be "public" at all. Oct 30, 2012 at 19:07
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit, but it could be public after you've got a certain rep... there are a lot of ways to do this feature... Nov 1, 2012 at 15:10
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    @Kees: It's certainly possible, but it's not the case that we shouldn't have this feature because of that possibility. Nov 1, 2012 at 17:53

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